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Shroud of Turin again stated to be from era of Christ, this time from university scientists

Shroud of Turin again stated to be from era of Christ, this time from university scientists

Scientists at the University of Padua, a northern Italian institution, have stated their research involving scientific tests made on the Shroud of Turin accurately date it to an era which includes the time that Christians believe their savior walked the earth.

According to a story filed by Religion News Service, the news was marked by an display that was opened to the public on 30 March 2013, which included a special television appearance where the information was introduced by the Pope.

This new data contradicts the general scientific consensus that the Shroud actually dates from the middle ages. A special video message with an introduction by Pope Francis, which focused on an event held in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, was released on Holy Saturday.

The Vatican has been historically reluctant to claim that the Shroud was the actual burial cloth of whom they believe to be Jesus, and has typiclly referred to the item not as a relic, but an icon.

The story cites Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia of Turin, the official 'pontifical custodian of the shroud,' who stated that the Shroud,

“…represents a very important testimony to the Passion and the resurrection of the Lord.”

For those not familiar with the Shroud of Turin, it is believed by many to reveal the imprints of the face and body of a man who has a beard, as well as nail wounds in the wrists and pin prick marks on his forehead.

Most of the experts and scientists stand by the carbon-14 dating that was offered in 1968, but lates more are beginning to question the fibers that were tested, some stating that these earlier results may have been contaminated when the Shroud underwent repair during the middle ages.

The cloth has been kept at the cathedral since 1578.

It should be noted that these new tests additionally support that traces of dust and pollen could only have come from the Holy Land.

These latest findings can be found in the book 'Il Mistero Della Sindone,' translated as 'The Mystery of the Shroud.' It was written by Giulio Fanti, who is a professor of mechanical and thermal measurement at the University of Padua. Joining him is a journalist named Saverio Gaeta.

For more information, commentary and relevant links, please sread the story in Religion News Service

About Al Stefanelli

Al is a retired author, writer and journalist. His books include "Free Thoughts - A Collection Of Essays By An American Atheist" and "A Voice Of Reason In An Unreasonable World - The Rise Of Atheism On Planet Earth." Al began writing in 1985, starting with the New York Times. In 1993 he joined a McClatchy newspaper, writing a weekly column for ten years. His writing continues to be widely distributed on the Internet and in print. He also produced and hosted a weekly syndicated radio broadcast from 1995 to 1998, and his work won a North Carolina Journalism award in 1998. Al is the former Georgia State Director for American Atheists, Inc., and served on the Board of Directors for "The Clergy Project." He is also a former Southern Baptist Pastor, having served two churches and as pulpit supply for three counties. Currently, he writes part time for The God Discussion, co-hosts the Internet radio programs, "The God Discussion Show" and "Reap Sow Radio." Al lives in the Atlanta suburb of Peachtree City, GA.
  • Isn't it totally curious that an artifact apparently devoid of any biblical significance is mentioned in all four gospel accounts while Jesus's birth is related in but two, Matthew and Luke? Isn't it curious that we could have never seen the image except through the invevtion of photography? Isn't it amazing that those who challenge it believe that someone in the 1200-1300s could have by design place all of the unique aspects on the cloth? Just think what even advanced svience was like then.

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